Meet LaDel The DJ a.k.a. Tastemaker Supreme with Music Makes You Happy Entertainment. For LaDel, being a DJ just made sense! With his love of music and outgoing personality, he’ll make your wedding a night to remember!

What makes you or your business stand out and why should a couple hire you?
We are a TEAM of versatile DJ’s forming a small business that has big business functionality with a top-tier line array speaker system and online customization accounts for clients who want a certain level of control over their event “playlist.”

What’s a weird/unusual tip you tell your couples?
A full song is a long time to be slow dancing. Haha! Feel free to stop or give me a signal to cut those formal dances short. A minute and a half to 2 minutes is plenty!

What’s your favorite thing about what you do?
I love creating memorable moments that people will carry in their hearts and minds forever.

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Jessica Smith Photography

How did you get to where you are now?
A 2013 Camry. Faux leather. *wink*

Oh! Musically? Ummm…I came out of the womb with headphones on. Music was my first love. I used to make one-of-one custom mixtapes for individual people in my school based on their interests. Later in life, I transitioned to recording as a songwriter/emcee (and producer). After years of releasing projects and live performances with fair success, I thought about DJing as a natural transition.

As “the music guy” in my social circles, I was already getting asked to DJ events before officially taking the leap. After years of “waiting for the sign,” I felt the inclination that it was now or never and I reached out to some of the DJs I knew and respected for their blessing. They all encouraged me given my knack for music. Fast forward through a good number of events and here I am.

What’s something every couple should know before getting married?
Forever is a long time!

What’s your go-to spot to eat in RVA?
El Patron is my jam but RVA has a dynamite restaurant culture, of which I could list a number of places. I’m probably going to Citizen Burger tonight!

What did you want to be when you were little?
A Cartoonist.

What was your first job?
Grocery store bagger. 2 weeks out of 8th grade, years before my peers!

What did you eat for breakfast this morning?
Seriously? The one morning I have a lame breakfast, I get this question? Ok. It was a banana. *frown*

What do you like to do when you are away from work?
Listen to music, exercise, watch sports and a little social media.

Where is your happy place?
Anywhere away from corporate work with my favorite F-words: Family, friends, food, and fun. Tropical vacations are nice. Jamaica was awesome!

What’s the coolest thing you’re working on now?
Premium health, becoming your favorite DJ, and my 5th annual charity event that I host every December at my former high school. In that order, for question’s sake.

What would be in your dream sandwich?
Janelle Monae, Vivian Green and myself.

Nachos. What would you put on yours?
Cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, salsa, cilantro, and chicken or ground turkey.

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What’s your go-to dance move?
Hip-hop 2-step! So many options for variation and it works with any song from any era!

Learn more about LaDel and the rest of the team of DJs on their website!